Life Is Beautiful Synopsis
Six youngsters come of age in a working-class neighborhood.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A deeply moving blend of cold terror and rapturous hilarity. Lovingly crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker, it's that...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Finds the right notes to negotiate its delicate subject matter.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A rare blend of comedy and tenderness whose point is not the horrors of war but the lengths a parent will go to protect his child's...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Ultimately, Benigni's comic refinery merely transforms the banality of evil into a lesser sin -- the evil of banality.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Succeeds better than it ought to, largely because of the personality and prodigious talents of its director and star, the Italian comedian...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's the depiction of the love and sacrifice of a father for a son that makes Life is Beautiful worthwhile.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Starts out as sentimental whimsy and ends as sentimental kitsch.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Has good intentions, but its exaggerated celebration of quick-witted improvisation ultimately trivializes the human and historical horrors...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Benigni sets out to do the impossible.
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This Movie is Beautiful!

By AnastasiaG
This is one of my most favorite movies of all time and it was very deserving of the Oscars that it earned. I would say there were at least two or three scenes that just made me cry and I don't cry...

An awesome movie on a difficult subject

By TheSimiValleyMovieMom
Life Is Beautiful is a tender, well produced movie that tackles a story where there is no beauty and no joy - the holocaust. In an attempt to protect his son, this father will go to great lengths to...

One Of My Favorites

By tulux76
It had an ingenious mixture of comedy and tragedy. You really sympathize with the characters in this poignant satire....

Fall in love with Roberto

By cheescake77
And you think you have it tough! This movie is perfection. I draw on this movie for real life inspiration. This movie has changed my life....